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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

148                     To Horace Mann                   [1741
in by the Court, was petitioned against, though his competitor had had but one vote. This young man spoke as well as ever any one spoke in his own defence ; insisted on the petition being heard, and concluded with declaring, that his cause was his Defence, and Impartiality must te Ms support. Do you know that, after this, he went and engaged, if they would withdraw the petition, to vote with them in the Westminster affair! His friends reproached him so strongly with his meanness, that he was shocked, and went to Mr. Pulteney to get off; Mr. P. told him, he had given him his honour, and he would not release him, though Lord Doneraile declared it was against his conscience : but he voted with them, and lost us the next question which they put (for censuring the High Bailiff) by his single vote ; for in that the numbers were 217 against 215: the alteration of his vote would have made it even ; and then the Speaker, I suppose, would have chosen the merciful side, and decided for us. After this, Mr. Pulteney, with an affected humanity, agreed to commit the High Bailiff only to the Serjeant-at-Arms. Then, by a majority of six, they voted that the soldiers, who had been sent for, after the poll was closed, to save Lord Sundon's life, had come in a military and illegal manner, and influenced the election. In short, they determined, as Mr. Murray had dictated to them, that no civil magistrate, on any pretence whatsoever, though he may not be able to suppress even a riot by the assistance of the militia and constables, may call in the aid of the army. Is not this doing the work of the Jacobites? have they any other view than to render the Eiot Act useless ? and then they may rise for the Pretender whenever they please. Then they moved to punish Justice Blakerby for calling in the soldiers; and when it was
died in 1750, being Lord of the Bed- Walpole.—He was M.P, for Winchel-chamber to the Prince of Wales. sea.